New Delhi, Sep 30: Communications solutions provider Bharti Airtel on Thursday said it plans to invest Rs 5,000 crore to scale up its data center network.

Accordingly, the investment will include setting up new data center parks in key metro cities.

Besides, the company unveiled a refreshed brand identity for its data center business ‘Nxtra by Airtel’.

“With 5G around the corner, a fast-growing digital economy, enterprises transitioning to the cloud, and local data storage regulations, India is witnessing a strong demand for reliable data center solutions,” the company said in a statement.

The Indian data center industry is expected to more than double its installed capacity from approximately 450 MW to 1,074 MW by 2023.

According to Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business: “Airtel has built the largest data center network in India and we are now doubling down on this business to scale up our network that will be at the core of 5G and Digital India.”

“Our experience of operating secure data centers, deep brand trust in the enterprise segment, and the ability to deliver end-to-end digital transformation solutions positions us well to serve the emerging requirements of India’s connected economy. The new brand identity embodies this vision and ambition.”

At present, ‘Nxtra’ by Airtel has the largest network of data centers in India.

Currently, it operates 10 large and 120 edge data centers located across India and manages critical submarine landing stations.

It offers secure and scalable integrated solutions to global hyper scalers, large Indian enterprises, startups, SMEs, and governments.